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The Figurines of Freudian Dreams
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'Sleepover' 2012 Christie Brown Ceramic, Photograph by Philip Sayer

Inspired by a the figurative artefacts from Sigmund Freud's large antique collection, artist and ceramicist, Christie Brown, focusses on the emotions we project into objects. She explores the idea, that once we go to sleep, the inanimate objects suddenly come to life, and out of our control, just like a dream.

Her exhibition, Dreamwork, which is running until the 10th February at the Freud Museum London, is a study of Freudian terms: displacement, representation, condensation, and compensation.

Paying particular attention to Freud's less favoured figurines, she has produced a ceramic collection called Sleepover. The display can be found in what used to be Freud's bedroom, and depicts an 'interrupted' scene. Much like Andy's toys in Toy Story, these figures appear to stop what they are doing when you enter the room, only to come alive again when you leave.

Other smaller works include My Desk, I Pray Again, Again.., and a figure of Eros lying on a couch.

Admission to the museum is 6 for adults, 4.50 seniors, 3 12-16s, and free for under 12s. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

There will also be events accompanying the exhibit:

26th January, 9.30am-5pm
Interpreting Collections: Idea, Object, Site

This one-day symposium will consider the relationship between the practice of ceramic art and museum's collection. Tickets are 55 or 35 for students.

3rd February, 3pm

Christie Brown will be there in person to provide a free tour of her exhibition.
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Why? Explore the world of dreams
When: Until 10th Feb
Where: Freud Museum London
Cost: 6 adult, 4.50 senior, 3 12-16s, free for under 12s
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